Prosecutor rejects Umar Patek's defense plea
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Prosecutors on Monday rejected Umar patek's entire defense plea at court hearings. "the prosecutor rejected the defense plea made by the defendant and his attorney," said prosecutor Iwan Setiawan in the court hearings in the West Jakarta District Court today, Monday, June 4, 2012. The prosecutor continued to request the panel of judges to declare Patek guilty and award him with a life sentence.
In his defense Patek said he did not know about the meeting to discuss the plan and to determine the targets in the first Bali bombing. Patek also said he did not know about the origin of money for the blast that happened on October 12, 2002. Patek said the third charges on pages 170 and 174 in the prosecutor's indictment were a form of copy without any changes whatsoever in sentences.
Patek explained he had rejected the planned bombing in Bali because in his opinion Bali could not be targeted for retaliation by Muslim communities in Palestine. But, without any questions asked, Dulmatin met Patek and gave him a Safari Dharma Raya bus ticket for Denpasar. Patek left for Denpasar because he was indebted to Dulmatin who, Patek said, had given him economic assistance in the old days.
Patek said he was angry with Imam Samudra after discovering that the explosives amounted to as much as 950 kilograms. However, Patek could not back off to return to his hometown since he had only Rp10 thousand at that time. According to Patek, even without his assistance, Sawad was able to assemble the explosive devices. He claimed he had never learned to assemble bombs on a large scale. Finally Patek claimed he only helped assemble less than 50 kg of explosive devices.
The prosecuting attorney demanded that Patek be given a life sentence. In Thursday's court sessions, May 1, 2012, Umar Patek thought that the prosecuting attorney had ignored the facts of the court hearings thus far. He accused the prosecutor of having simply copied and pasted the indictment read out in the first court session. Iwan denied Patek's allegation.
Prosecutor Iwan Setiawan stated that the indictment constitutes a construction of events. Therefore, in the event of similarity, it is a compatibility. "This is not a matter of only control c plus control v on the computer," said Iwan in that day's court hearings.
By Maria Yuniar
05 June 2012